USC Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences
I take mentoring seriously because I get a lot out of the encounter with thoughtful and engaged graduate students who are working on important topics. I want to take the opportunity to thank the graduate students who nominated me from the American Studies and Ethnicity Indigeneity and Decolonization Research Cluster, a group of graduate students with whom I have worked closely over the last two years. We have benefited from mutual dialogue and engagement on racial capitalism and colonialism, especially reading their work together and also inviting leading Native American Studies scholars to campus. With some key faculty in Dornsife College, we are working together to build indigenous and decolonial studies on campus in an interdisciplinary manner. It is wonderful to be a part of American Studies and Ethnicity at a time when we are placing so many graduate students in jobs and postdoctoral opportunities.